April 2007 KTA: Signed, Sealed, Delivered – This War is YOURS Congress!

WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY? On Friday, March 23rd, the US House passed more ‘supplemental funding’ for the Iraq occupation; $124 billion, to add to the $70 billion approved by Congress in October. The Senate voted and passed on a similar bill on Tuesday, March 27th. Congress takes a two week break beginning March 30th and when they reconvene on April 16th, a joint Congressional Committee will hash out the details and vote the bill out of Congress and on to the President who has pledged to veto it if it contains any troop withdrawal dates. Things are moving fast and details change, but what we know for sure is that now is the time to keep the public pressure on to stop this war
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Mar 2007 KTA: ROP’s Rural Caucus & Strategy Session: THE place to be on April 28th!

WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY? On April 28th ROP is holding our annual Rural Caucus and Strategy Session in Corvallis, Oregon. The tradition of the ROP Caucus began in the early 1990s. Each year ROP brings together delegations from the human dignity groups of rural Oregon for a day of strategizing, networking, and skill building. This year’s Caucus will feature sessions on strategizing the next steps for the Oregon peace and justice movement, workshops on building our people power and strengthening our local groups, and highlights and successes from the past year in rural and small town organizing.
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Background

ROP is a statewide organization of locally-based groups that work to create communities accountable to a standard of human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people, the need for equal access to justice, and the right to self-determination. Starting in 1992, ROP’s challenges to the anti-democratic right have earned ROP a national reputation for being an effective grassroots organization that takes on the hard issues. The catalyst for ROP was the Oregon Citizens Alliance and their outrageous Abnormal Behaviors Initiative, which targeted gay and lesbian Oregonians for legalized second-class citizenship. Oregonians in small towns across the state were mobilized, many for the first time, as basic tenets of the Constitution were at risk through this ballot initiative. ROP stepped into this organizing opportunity to fill a niche the radical right was trying to claim. ROP today works with 45 member groups, and another 25 contact groups, to organize on issues that impact human dignity and to advance inclusive democracy.

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Jan 2007 KTA: Town Halls By the People, For Our Congress People!

WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY? Long before the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, local human dignity groups were pressuring Congress and the White House first, that there be no war, and then that the troops be brought home. Congress controls the budget and has the power to cut off funds. Public sentiment has shifted to oppose the war. Now is the time for members of Congress to stop funding the war. 
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